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  SS Rufus King
Liberty Ship

7,176 Gross Tons
441' 7" x 57' x 26' 9"
8 x 20mm AA guns
1 x 3" gun
1 x 5" gun

Ship History
Built by California Shipbuilding Corporation in Los Angeles for the U. S. Maritime Commission, War Shipping Administration (WSA). Hull Number 2564. Laid down October 6, 1941. Launched March 11, 1942. Named SS Rufus King after Rufus King who represented Massachusetts in the Constitutional Convention.

Wartime History
On July 7, 1942 ran aground and wrecked in South Passage of Moreton Bay near Brisbane. Afterwards, used as a target by the Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF) and sunk.

Ludsie recalls:
"There was a wreck of a liberty ship just off Moreton Bay in Australia that we used to see when holidaying on Stradbroke Island. It was the SS Rufus King but has dissolved into the sea now."

Wreck Site - SS Rufus King (1942)

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Last Updated
August 4, 2020


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